Melbourne and Victoria: The Ultimate Guide

Melbourne and Victoria: The Ultimate Guide

The best bits of Melbourne and Victoria. Find out why we think Melbourne is THE city to visit on your trip down under in Australia. And why you should explore a little further and get out into country Victoria.

Ultimate Things to do in Melbourne

Melbourne

The capital of cool, Melbourne is Australia’s most cultural, European-like city. It is filled with art (both in the galleries and on the streets) and there is always something interesting going on in terms of music, culture, and food. Since 2011 it has been voted the world’s most liveable city and is famous for having the best coffee in Australia. 

The city center is set on a river and highlights to include Federation Square, quirky laneways and a whole host of diverse architecture, including museums and galleries.  Trams are the transport of choice in Melbourne and one of the best ways to explore is with the free tram that does the city loop throughout the day.

Laneways in Melbourne

The famous laneways are worth some time exploring, Hosier Lane for its ever changing graffiti and Degraves St for the cafes and restaurants.  Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s highest residential building and has a viewing deck on the 88th Floor and even a glass bottomed floor viewing ledge  Crown Casino Complex and is a great place to explore and get lost. They also put on a fire show every night on the hour after dark. Brighton Beach huts are a short journey from the city and great for the Touristy Shots. The city is full of hidden bars down laneways and alleyways that you will go to once and never find again. Best way to find them is to ask a local or wonder around and get lost

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is one of the worlds greatest drives – joining some of the most scenic spots in Australia. Highlights include the famous Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Grotto as well as stunning surf beaches, seaside resorts and stunning. The Great Ocean Road was built by returning servicemen after the war and there is a memorial to them at the start of the road.  Although there are no longer Twelve Apostles as some have eroded.

The Great Ocean Road is split into 3 sections: 

Surf coast – including the world famous Bells Beach where the annual Rip curl pro surf comp is held

Rainforest coast -where there are carnivores snails and koalas to spot

Ship wreak coast- Stunning rock formations and the Twelve Apostles are located 

Helicopter rides are available on the Great Ocean Road and can be added to trips or booked locally. See the Twelve Apostles from the air! Learning to surf on the famous Great Ocean Road is a MUST!

“Your essential travel guide for Melbourne and Victoria”

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Country Victoria

Phillip Island joined to the mainland by a bridge is another popular spot for incredible surf beaches and the tiny little penguins that make the nightly migration from the sea to their burrows with their babies calling them home – too cute! The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s famous wine region, enjoy a day trip with some cheeky wine-tasting The Mornington Peninsula is worth a visit for its remote beaches and wineries.  Wilsons Promontory National Park contains some of the most stunning beaches in Australia, an abundance of wildlife and incredible scenery.  The Grampians National Park is full of stunning waterfalls, heaps of kangaroos and amazing hikes. In winter time it’s easy to access the snow with daily trips to Mount Buller Ski field. Plus trips to Lake Mountain and Hotham.

Coffee and Laneways

We have the coolest new tours in Melbourne which take you down the hidden laneways of the city. 

Our Coffee walking tours will get you off the beaten track and show you Melbourne like a local.

Coffee Lovers Walking Tour

Great Ocean Road footprints on our Great Ocean Road tours.
Walk Melb coffee
Block Place, Melbourne Laneways, VIC

When is the best time to visit Victoria Australia?

The best times to visit Victoria are between March and May and September and November. The moderate temperatures and fewer tourist crowds are found in this shoulder season. 
 
Spring is our favourite time as the weather is pleasant. Plus so many flowers and trees in bloom brighten up the state.
 

Book A Tour in Victoria

To book your trip to Melbourne click here: Tours in Melbourne

1 Day Great Ocean Road Tour: Great Ocean Road Tour

Phillip Island Day Tour: 1 Day Penguin Phillip Island Tour

Your essential travel guide for Melbourne and Victoria! 

 

Real Aussie Recommendations

  • Drink a coffee – even if you don’t like coffee we think these will change your point of view forever when you have a Latte in Melbourne 
  •  Walk- explore of foot to check out hidden laneways and find funky bars and cafes.
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